Three Simple Reasons Why You’re Not Successful Enough
The simple reason why you aren’t successful enough is due to the lack of consistency.
You may perform well at times, and the good performances may even be GREAT!
But, you aren’t flourishing because there is no consistency in your performance! The BAD days are simply too BAD.
Coaches and bosses love the consistent performer because they KNOW WHO they are going to get. NO ONE wants someone who is Adam Sandler one day, but Tom Cruise the next. That’s not consistency.
Playing consistent is tough because- it matters “how bad are the bad days?”
Most people will tell you that they thirst for the consistent performer over the streaky. So, why you aren’t successful enough is usually because you’re inconsistent. If I’m wrong here, please let me know. I’m stubborn, yet coachable.
Here’s three simple reasons why you’re not successful enough:
1) You are not hustling:
Chances are this IS NOT the reason, but it must be mentioned because it is the basis of all mental toughness.
Nothing can replace hustle.
Look at the very best at the highest level and I guarantee that they put forth the most preparation.But, remember, you don’t need to be crazy about your preparation, but you do need to be consistent.
It is the first step toward building success and consistency because we must know that we have put forth in the effort necessary.
2) You are not preparing the right way:
It pains me when I see the hardest workers not seeing results.
Often enough though, it is because they are not addressing the correct things.
Remember, we play like we train! Why you’re not successful enough means we have to work on our preparation.
In order to perform consistently, we simply must compete and create pressure during our preparation. I’m all about training our mind, not testing it, so there becomes latitude in how we approach it. Just ensure often that there is pressure.
This will create failure as well, but then we know where our weaknesses lie and can address it. These are the skills that transfer.
3) You are putting too much pressure on yourself:
Trying harder works in preparation, but rarely works in competition.
When we feel like we are not successful, we are often “getting in our own way.”
Focusing on results as opposed to the execution and process can cause us to play careful, tight, and trying NOT to mess up.
Pressure stems from a variety of places (expectations mostly) and it slowly creeps into our mentality and performance. Thus, we must completely devote ourselves to the task at hand and staying aggressive.
Peyton Manning summed it up perfectly, “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”
If you can address these three reasons why you’re not successful enough, then you’ll be successful!
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. DRB & associates coach executives and professional athletes. Some clients have included three different winners on the PGA Tour, Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens.